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Who is it for? Adult learners interested in entering HR or those already working in HR support roles, looking to develop their knowledge and skills

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice
Associate membership of the CIPD

Location: Online Learning 
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: Recommended 6-8 hours of study per week - 9 months' tutorial support

Why take the CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice?

AVADO, the new name for Home Learning College, have exclusively partnered with CIPD Enterprises to offer you a new qualification programme bringing together expertise in HR practice with the very best in digital learning design and delivery. Our fully online CIPD Foundation Certificate (Level 3) in Human Resource Practice is an internationally recognised qualification, designed for HR professionals operating anywhere in the world, in all sectors and organisations. As the world's leading qualification in HR practice, the CIPD qualification is highly sought after by employers and often referenced in job adverts.

Whether you are already working as an HR professional or you're interested in a move into the industry, the CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice will form the building blocks for a career in HR.

Studying your CIPD qualification online with AVADO, the new name for Home Learning College, allows you to learn flexibly with a digital learning programme that fits around you and your life. With 24/7 access to your mobile-friendly learning campus you can study where and when it suits you, in a bite-sized format, to maximize your available time. Submit your details in the form to receive a course brochure. 

How to gain the CIPD level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice

You will progress through the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate on our award winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus); our online learning platform which lets you study on any internet-enabled device, wherever and whenever suits you. By learning online, you can fit gaining a professional CIPD qualification around work, family and other important commitments. This programme offers you a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with a wide range of interactive resources and engaging content, designed to cater to all learning styles to give all you the best chance of success. The programme includes videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes – with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies and student forums. In addition, our free Career Management Hub offers you recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

The CIPD Foundation Certificate comprises the first stage on the CIPD pathway, enabling you to apply for professional Associate membership.

Our CIPD Qualifications

CIPD qualifications are awarded at three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Whether you begin at the Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level depends both on your previous education, experience and your professional goals. To identify which level is best suited to your needs, please refer to the course snapshot below, or talk to a Course Advisor for a full consultation.


Foundation Certificate Intermediate Certificate
Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A-level standard Level 5 qualification - comparable to studying at under-graduate degree standard
9 month programme 12 month programme
Provides great introduction to HR principles and overview of the profession Provides an in-depth and comprehensive examination of HR practice at management level
Leads to HR job roles at entry level Leads to HR job roles at mid-managerial level
Leads to Associate Level Membership of the CIPD Leads to Associate Level Membership of the CIPD